KEY FEATURES: A unique focus on the theories of addiction helps fill a gap in the literature that allows readers to connect theory to practice. A single case study explored from multiple perspectives allows students to compare all approaches applied to client situations. Sidebars with classroom discussion questions and activities assist students in further exploration of the theories. A list of resources concludes each chapter to encourage continued learning.

Behavioral Addictions
16 Behavioral addictions
Craig S. Cashwell Paula J. Swindle

Although the concept of behavioral addictions is relatively new to the mental health field, information surrounding behavioral addictions is quite old. Emperor Commodus of ancient Greece was described as having out-of-control gambling habits that may, in fact, have contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire (Hekster, 2002). The word addiction is derived from the Latin addictus, a legal term referring to a person enslaved for a debt, highlighting the loss of personal control in those deemed addicts (Sadoff, Drogin, & Gurmu, 2015). Accordingly, the word addiction was not originally used for substances but was rather a term used in ancient Rome to refer to a ...

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